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Today's Commentary:  The biggest story in America -- Iran violates Obama nuclear deal -- Paul Ryan rushes to the microphones -- Vacationing in North Korea -- Fanatical movements 101  -- News Bits 


The biggest story in America continues to be the historic floods along the Texas coast, caused by Hurricane Harvey and the lingering heavy rains. At least two people are known dead. By the time it’s over, it’s possible that 50 inches of rain will have fallen on some areas, and it’s moving into Louisiana as well. Thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed. The town of Rockport was especially hard hit (the high school completely collapsed), and many areas of Houston are under water.

That’s led some to question why Houston wasn’t ordered evacuated. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott urged Houstonians to leave, but some mocked him for overreacting and the Democratic mayor thought a mandatory evacuation wasn’t necessary. Turns out, it was. But it’s a city of three million people, so it’s not clear whether that would have been possible given the time frame, anyway. Houston flooding is expected to get even worse today because water levels in the flood-preventing reservoirs were rising at over six inches an hour, and some water has to be released. By the time it’s over, this may be the worst weather catastrophe ever to hit Texas, and rival Katrina for the scale of disaster, destruction and dislocation.

President Trump okayed a request for federal disaster aid in near-record time, and this morning, FEMA officials held a press conference to lay out emergency rescue measures. And other towns unaffected by the storm are taking in refugees. There are currently at least 30,000 people in shelters, and many more whose homes have been damaged or destroyed, and who have suffered as-yet unknown losses.

If you’d like to help, the quickest and easiest way is with a donation to (kudos to comedian Kevin Hart for donating $25,000 and challenging his celebrity friends to match it.) The Rev. Franklin Graham also has a group that’s helping survivors and seeking donations and volunteers at

The Humane Society is also engaged in a massive rescue effort to save animals caught or abandoned in the floods ( and get them to safe shelters. One major shelter taking in the rescues can be found at, if you are searching for your lost pets or would like to help them out. And as always, your prayers for everyone affected are welcome. That includes the many first responders and volunteers who are working tirelessly to save those caught in the floods. They are all Huck’s Heroes.


Mike Huckabee



Iran violates Obama nuclear deal

By Mike Huckabee

In case anyone cares, there are credible reports that Iran is secretly using civilian aircraft to move weapons into Syria, in direct violation of the Obama nuclear deal, in an effort to turn Syria into an Iranian client state. It’s not surprising that Iran would be expansionist, aggressive, and dismissive of its obligations under that particular deal. But it will surprise me if the US media say anything about it, or if the government, even under the GOP, does anything about it.


Paul Ryan rushes to the microphones...

By Mike Huckabee

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to make sure everyone knows he condemns President Trump’s decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Still waiting for the press releases from Democratic Congressional leaders condemning President Clinton for pardoning fugitive financier and accused tax evader Mark Rich, or Obama for pardoning treasonous leaker Bradley/Chelsea Manning, who put the lives of US troops at risk.

I’m not asking Republicans to circle the wagons the way Democrats do, but it would be nice if they’d just stop forming circular firing squads.


Vacationing in North Korea

By Mike Huckabee

What could these people possibly be thinking who are rushing to visit North Korea before the travel ban and/or nuclear war starts? If you miss your chance for a vacation in North Korea, don’t worry. I’m sure there are other despotic nations that will be happy to arrest, torture and kill American tourists.




Raising a godly child

By Mike Huckabee

Some good advice for Christian parents from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's national conference: five tips on raising a godly child who is uncorrupted by the ugly, cynical, sex-drenched, foul-mouthed, self-centered, godless culture around us. Or as we used to call these tips: “parenting.” Warning: if you do this, the term the speaker uses to describe such children is “alien child,” because they’ll be so different from the kids around them.



News Bits

What can I say? Getting a little emotional over things that deserve it runs in the family.



The SPLC not only needs to stop branding differences of religious opinion as hate crimes, but it should also consider that under its own definition, which involves demonizing entire classes of people, you could make a case that the SPLC itself is a “hate group.”



We interrupt the “Trump Is A Racist” media narrative to bring you this inconvenient truth bulletin.



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  • John Geddie

    08/29/2017 08:10 AM

    Mike, you comments today about evacuating Houston are reasonable but do not carry the wisdom of history. Houston evacuated in 2005 for Hurricane Rita. It was a disaster. I tried to evacuate but turned around and went back home after four hours in traffic where we had probably traveled only 10 miles. Car
    s ran out of gas all along IH 10. A policeman in a little town between Houston and Austin held up traffic for so long cars ran out of gas on two lane highways. When Hurricane Ike threatened, most people preferred to ride out the storm in preference to the horrors of evacuation.

  • Karl and Lynn Nielsen

    08/28/2017 03:45 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee - As you have said you do read these comments, I have an important question for you regarding the Red Cross and I would very much appreciate your response/comments. Here is a statement FROM THEIR OWN WEBSITE:
    "WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 18, 2017 — The American Red Cross has decided we cannot host our annual fundraising event at Mar-a-Lago, as it has increasingly become a source of controversy and pain for many of our volunteers, employees and supporters."
    "...Mar-a-Lago...a source of controversy and pain..." - ????? Please correct me if I am wrong but I believe this to be an expression of OUTRIGHT OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. Having been 30+ year donors to the Red Cross, my husband and I have, sadly, decided as they have chosen not to support our President, we can no longer, in good conscience, support them. I've heard similar comments re the Salvation Army, whom we've also supported for many years, but so far have been unable to confirm those reports. In the meantime, I would like to respectfully request that you endorse/advocate for donations to Samaritan's Purse, and NOT the Red Cross. As I am sure you know, Samaritan's Purse is an outstanding organization and is above reproach. I'm sorry about the Red cross (and possibly Salvation Army as well) but they have made their preference clear, having now POLITICIZED their "mission" and therefore we will part ways. Please address, thank you, and God bless!

  • Pat Dowd

    08/28/2017 03:40 PM

    The Salvation Army is a much better organization than the The Red Cross. My reasons are too lengthy to share here but it goes back to experiences during WWII of deceased friend. He shared them with me when I was a teenager. I support The Salvation Army monthly.

  • Sarah Sanders

    08/28/2017 01:54 PM

    Country singer Chris Young has started a go fund me for Texas. He had donated 100,00.00 of his own money to start this going to the Red Cross. He has a heart of gold and also has a home in Texas. More stars need to also donate money. They have lots of it. Put it to good use and donate to help those in Texas.

  • Judi Duffy

    08/28/2017 12:01 PM

    Gov Mike, were you aware that some of your forwarded or imbedded videos are being blocked?

  • Nancy Roberto

    08/28/2017 11:54 AM

    I donated to Salvation Army for Texas relief, as Red Cross is an org. that uses donations for CEOs and other non-relief expenses. Salvation Army money ALL goes to relief.